Big Mother Bay Fishing

Big Mother Bay Fishing runs fishing trips around the bay waters that surround South Padre Island, Texas. These fisheries offer a range of tasty and feisty fish to catch, with Reds, Trout, and Snook leading the way. But, there’s much more to catch, and Capt. Kevin will help you make the most out of your trip.

Year round, these waters prove to be lucrative fishing spots, but to have a blast, you will need someone who’s versed in getting the fish to bite. Capt. Kevin has accommodated numerous repeat customers and will cater to novice and pro anglers with same professionalism.

You will join Kevin and launch into Lower Laguna Madre waters. There, you will be able to target Red Drum, Black Drum, Trout, Flounder, Jack Crevalle, Spanish Mackerel, Snook, Mangrove Snapper, and more. Capt. Kevin will supply the light tackle to get around these beauties, and it is included in the trip rates.

To get to these hot spots, you will be boarding a 22’ Shoalwater center console that can take up to four people. She is powered by a 150 HP Yamaha HDPI engine and can reach the speeds of up to 45 knots. The boat is rigged with GPS, a Hummingbird fishfinder, stores life jackets, features a live bait well and two coolers.

You can try a variety of techniques, using either artificial lures or live bait. You can try drift fishing, bottom fishing, jigging, spinning, popping, or even fly fishing - but bring your own fly fishing gear.

Capt. Kevin will supply rods, reels, tackle, ice, water, with the option of filleting your catch. You should bring a valid fishing license, snacks and drinks. Pack sunglasses, sunblock, a cap, comfortable clothes, and a non-marking shoes. Also, bring a camera to get a photo of your catch. Come along for a nice day out.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    price breakdown
    This standard package takes you on a six hour fishing trip. You will be fishing around Laguna Madre waters in search of Redfish, Snook, Black Drum, Crevalle, Trout, and Mangrove Snapper. Bring your own fishing license, pack snacks and drinks. The gear is supplied onboard. You will need a valid fishing license. The trip is suitable for kids as well, or less experienced anglers. Capt. Kevin knows these waters well and will show you how to get the fish you want.

About the Captain

Kevin Nicholls
South Padre Island, Texas, United States
10 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
24 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2016
Captain Kevin Nicholls is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed and Texas registered fishing guide who provides inshore fishing trips around South Padre Island. He caters to anglers of all levels of expertise and will gladly accommodate you aboard his boat. he knows these waters well and will show you how to claim your prize.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Black Drum Black Drum
Crab Crab
Flounder Flounder
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Ladyfish Ladyfish
Pompano Pompano
Redfish Redfish
Snapper (Mangrove) Snapper (Mangrove)

Snook Snook
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spotted Seatrout Spotted Seatrout
Whiting Whiting

Boat Specs

Shoalwater (Center console) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2010. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha HPDI engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

22 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing


Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
American Express

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (28)
out of 5 stars from 24 reviews
Great excursion!
1\/2 Day with Captain Kevin was great
1\/2 Day with Captain Kevin was great
Angler Rating
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
Friendly captain
Recommend this charter
Appropriate for children
Satisfied with the boat
Catch intended fish
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Matthew K.
Haslet, TX

1/2 Day with Captain Kevin was great

VERIFIED   July 8, 2020
I took my my 7 & 15yr old girls out with me and Kevin got us on some big drum early for the girls.  After they tired...
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Jake S.
San Antonio, TX

July fishing trip

VERIFIED   July 3, 2020
Captain Kevin did a great job putting my daughter and I on the fish.  Very informative and helpful.  He went well...
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Laurie N.
Houston, TX

Great excursion!

VERIFIED   July 20, 2020
Captain Kevin was great and so knowledgeable.  We caught a variety of fish.  Not a great day for keepers, but we...
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Ruben M.
Dimmitt, TX

Half day trip

VERIFIED   June 18, 2020
Was an excellent experience.  Kevin was very knowledgeable and was find enough to give us great tips on how to catch...
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Gene C.

Fishing with Kevin

VERIFIED   May 24, 2020
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